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Bod-kyi Losar: Tibetan New Year Celebration in London

Mar 4, 2006

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Bod-kyi Losar: Tibetan New Year Celebration in London

On Tuesday 28th February Tibet Foundation organised an event to celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year ‐ the Year of the Fire-Dog. The 28th was the first day of 2133rd Royal Year of the Tibetan Nation.

 

Mr Phuntsog Wangyal, a founding Trustee, welcomed guests and paid tribute to all those who have contributed to the success of the Foundation’s work in the past twenty years. He said, “On behalf of the Trustees, today I would like to thank all of our staff and volunteers for their dedication and commitment; our partners in India, Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia and other areas for their cooperation and friendship; and our sponsors and donors for their continued support and generosity. With their help, the Foundation has been able to make a remarkable contribution towards practical support for Tibetans and for the continuity of their culture. On behalf of everyone at the Foundation I would like to thank them all and wish them great happiness and good health throughout the coming year.” He then concluded by wishing His Holiness the Dalai Lama a long life and said, “May His wishes soon be fulfilled.”

 

The event took place at our newly refurbished Gallery at 1 St James’s Market, with pieces from our exhibition on Tibet – samples of our fine thangka paintings, and photographs of Tibetan life and culture in India, Nepal and Tibet itself. Traditional Losar offerings were laid out next to the beautiful hand-carved wooden altar, including chemar (roasted barley flour mixed with butter), khabsey (Tibetan biscuits), chang (barley beer) and sprouting barley stalks. Guests were greeted with chang-koe (warm barley beer) and sweet rice cooked with tiny Tibetan sweet potatoes in a delicacy known as drolma dresil.

 

The Gallery, next to the Tibet Foundation Shop, has been created to provide the general public with access to our collection of photographs, paintings and other exhibition materials that the Foundation has acquired in the past twenty years. "We intend to change the exhibition material at the Gallery on a regular basis. The Foundation would also like these materials made available to other organisations for exhibitions,” said Phuntsog Wangyal. Should anyone be interested in borrowing material, please contact Riga at the Tibet Foundation Shop for details on 020 7930 6005.

 

The Foundation will be screening a documentary on ‘Aid to Tibet in Action’ on Wednesday 26th April at St James’s Church (Conference Room) 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL.

 

In May, as part of the ongoing Tibetan Medicine programme, the Foundation will be inviting a prominent Tibetan physician from India to conduct medical consultations.

 

For further information contact:

Tsering Passang

Tibet Foundation, 1 St. James's Market, London SW1Y 4SB (UK)

Tel.: 0044(0) 207 930 6001 Fax: 0044(0) 207 930 6002

Email: events@tibet-foundation.org Website: www.tibet-foundation.org